The Delaware State Housing Authority honored 62 students from the DSHA housing community for academic excellence on Aug. 2, recognizing students from elementary through high schools for making the honor roll.

DSHA's annual awards ceremony, held this year at Polytech High School, has been a tradition for more than 20 years, serving as a way to recognize the success of students whose families live in DSHA public housing and to highlight the importance of a support system.

All students received new backpacks filled with school supplies to help get a head start on back-to-school preparation.

"We want to honor hard work, responsibility, education and family support by providing a gift for everyone in the family," DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi said. "This is an excellent way to help support parents and recognize these high-achieving students for all that they do together."

Susan Bunting, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, joined DSHA in recognizing the students at the ceremony.

"I'm pleased to help recognize these students for their hard work and dedication," Bunting said. "We want to give our young people the tools they need to succeed, and family support is a critical tool. Students’ parents and guardians should be proud as well for providing the support and love that enables these young people to grow and thrive."

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